Transplanted cornea, older than Statue of Liberty, still works OK7/24/2012
A 123-year-old cornea is believed to be the world’s oldest living organ. Certainly, its proud owner, 80-year-old Norwegian man Bernt Aune, maintains it’s the oldest eye in Norway. The cornea was implanted into his eye back in 1958 from the body of a deceased man who was born in 1885. For some perspective, 1885 was the year the Statue of Liberty was delivered to New York City and when the nation's first gas pump was installed in Indiana. Dr Hasan Hasanain, an eye specialist at Namsos Hospital, where the surgery was performed, told reporters, "I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the oldest living organ in the world." While Bernt admits his eyesight’s not so hot anymore, the cornea has performed beyond expectation. At the time, doctors told him to expect to get five years out of a body part already past its prime. [Source]
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